Welcome to Wednesday night at Humphrey Coliseum for tonight’s game against Auburn. It’s an ESPN3.com broadcast for those of you that have that (we don’t in Starkville). Point guard I.J. Ready is in sweats and not participating in warm-ups so he won’t play for the Bulldogs. MSU is looking to improve to 3-0 in league play at home tonight while the Tigers are still in search of their first SEC win.
Mississippi State: 12-5, 2-2
1- Fred Thomas, G, 6-5, 191, So.
3- Colin Borchert, F, 6-8, 231, Sr.
4- Trivante Bloodman, G, 6-0, 182, Jr.
20- Gavin Ware, F, 6-9, 270, So.
32- Craig Sword, G, 6-3, 189, So.
Auburn: 8-7, 0-4
0- Asauhn Dixon-Tatum, C, 7-0, 226, Sr.
1- KT Harrell, G, 6-4, 216, Jr.
2- Allen Payne, F, 6-6, 225, Sr.
3- Chris Denson, G, 6-2, 181, Sr.
13- Tahj Shamsid-Deen, PG, 5-10, 163, Fr.
There’s a good turnout in the student section tonight.
State has missed two 3-pointers to start this one and are still scoreless.
16:41 6-0 AU Harrell 2, Denson 2, Shamsid-Deen 2
Auburn given a technical foul for not listing a player on the scorebook. Borchert misses both free throw though and the Bulldogs remain scoreless.
Bloodman finally gets State on the board with a 3-pointer with 15:31 on the clock.
15:17 8-3 AU Harrell 4 points
Roquez Johnson enters the game and quickly gets a basket to pull MSU within 3.
Rick Ray doesn’t like that over the back call on Gavin Ware but simply shakes his head. He promised us yesterday that he wouldn’t get a technical foul tonight. He hasn’t had one while coaching MSU.
Johnson with the throw down.
11:35 15-8 AU Denson 5 points
Auburn has started the game 7-of-10 from the field. State on the other hand is just 3-of-11.
Jacoby Davis just got swatted.
Thomas rips the net with a 3-pointer to pull State within four.
Thomas gets a block but then carries the ball for a turnover.
Auburn has players from Belgium, Lithuania and Canada.
7:52 19-14 AU Trivante Bloodman 5, Roquez Johnson 5, Chris Denson 5
Borchert buries a 3-pointer. Bulldogs are 3 of 7 from the outside so far.
4:46 23-22 AU Denson 7 points
Borchert hits another 3-pointer to give MSU its first lead.
3:29 25-23 MSU Denson 7 points
Another trey by Borchert. Bulldogs now 5 of 11 from 3-point land.
Sword with a steal and slam just before the buzzer for his first points.
HALFTIME: MISSISSIPPI STATE 34, AUBURN 25
Bulldogs are 9-1 when leading at halftime.
FG% 50 AU; MSU 48
3PT% 17 AU; MSU 45
FT% 100 AU; 33 MSU
Rebounds: 12 AU ; 14 MSU
Turnovers: 9 AU; MSU 3
Pts off TO’s: 6 AU; MSU 9
2nd Chance: 0 AU; MSU 6
Paint Pts: 12 AU; 14 MSU
Fast Break: 2 AU; MSU 2
Individual Scoring: AU – Allen Payne 8, Chris Denson 7, KT Harrell 4, Tahj Shamsid-Deen 4, Ashuhn Dixon-Tatum 2; MSU – Colin Borchert 11, Roquez Johnson 8, Fred Thomas 6, Trivante Bloodman 5, Craig Sword 2, Jacoby Davis 2
An Auburn player just killed two courtside chairs.
15:39 38-30 MSU Borchert 11 points
Sweet alley oop by Auburn.
There’s some bad basketball being played right now on both ends of the floor.
Auburn’s half-court trap giving MSU fits right now.
Davis drains MSU’s first 3-pointer of the second half.
11:53 45-39 MSU Johnson 12 points
Ware still does not have a shot attempt. He had 22 in State’s last game. He’s been in foul trouble tonight.
Ware scores his first basket at the 11:00 mark.
10:20 51-41 MSU Johnson 14 points
9:34 51-44 MSU Johnson 14 points
Auburn player takes out the TV crew.
7:40 51-49 MSU Harrell 16 points
Sword picks up his fourth foul with 6:47 to go.
Excellent move by Borchert in the post.
Matthew Atewe has four fouls with 5:08 to go.
3:56 61-58 MSU Harrell 18 points
Tyson Cunningham hits a 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring and then takes a charge on the other end. Gets a standing ovation from the crowd.
2:54 66-58 MSU Johnson 18, Harrell 18
Sword fouls out with 2:49 remaining.
1:39 69-60 MSU Johnson 18, Harrell 18
1:28 73-65 MSU Harrell 21 points
Shamsid-Deen and Malcolm Canada both have four fouls.
0:57 74-70 MSU MSU ball
Free yard bird.
0:37 76-70 MSU AU ball
0:16 78-74 MSU MSU ball
Tigers are out of timeouts.
Payne’s fourth foul is ruled intentional.
Canada fouls out with 9.9 seconds left.
FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 82, AUBURN 74